2009 Progress Report...and
A Thank You Note

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It's time for our annual progress report - and a big thank you from the Wrightslaw staff.

Many thanks to our readers who offer advice, ideas and support, send new cases, and share their struggles and successes.Pete and Pam Wright

We appreciate your enthusiastic response to our books and training programs, the website and the Wrightslaw Way Blog. You have helped us make 2009 a wonderful year.

Thank you!
Pam & Pete Wright

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find links to the top 10 articles, topics, cases, and blog posts in 2009. We've listed the "Top 10s" to help you find important information quickly and easily.

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2009 Progress Report

Up nearly a million from 2008, the total of number of hits on Wrightslaw in 2009 was 75,527,522. The average number of hits increased by more than 2,000 per day.

Summary of Activity

Total Visitors: 2.8 million
Total Page Views: 8.6 million
Total Hits: 75.6 million

View 2009 User Summary (in pdf)

Busiest Months: March and April
Slowest Months:
August and July

New Book! Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

Our new book, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs went to the printer in October 2009 and quickly became a best seller. We are now into the second printing.

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs bookIn this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will find clear, concise answers to over 200 frequently asked questions about IEPs.

Learn what the law says about:

  • IEP Teams and IEP Meetings
  • Parental Rights & Consent
  • Steps in Developing the IEP
  • Placement, Transition, Assistive Technology
  • Strategies to Resolve Disagreements

New Training! Wrightslaw Program: All About IEPs

In 2009, Wrightslaw did 27 Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training Programs all over the country.

In November 2009, a new Wrightslaw program was introduced. All About IEPs (one day, 5 hours) focuses on the legal requirements for IEPs and how to develop SMART IEPs.

Participants learn how the law about IEPs changed, the legal requirements for IEPs in IDEA 2004 and federal regulations, and significant legal cases about IEPs.

In All About IEPs, you learn how to draft SMART IEPs that are Specific, Measurable, use Action Words, are Realistic, and Time specific. You will also learn how to use an effective team approach in crafting legally sufficient IEPs.

This first All bout IEPs program was held in Jan, and more are scheduled in 2010. Find out how to bring a Wrightslaw program to your community or find a program & register to attend.


Top 10 Articles in 2009

Top ten1. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney by Pete Wright, Esq. and Pam Wright, M.A., M.S.W.

2. Wrightslaw Game Plan: SMART IEPs by Pete and Pam Wright.

3. Functional Behavior Assessments: What, Why, When, Where, and Who? by Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

4. Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents and Practitioners by James B. Hale, Ph.D.

5. IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems by Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate.

6. Key Differences Between Section 504, ADA, and IDEA by Pete and Pam Wright.

7. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & FAPE by Pete Wright, Esq. and Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

8. Supreme Court Issues Pro-Child Decision in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. by Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

9. 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

10. Reading Tests: What They Measure...and Don't Measure by Dr. Melissa Farrall, Ph.D.


Top 10 Topics in 2009

1. Response to Intervention (RTI)

2. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

4. IDEA 2004

5. Behavior Problems and Discipline

6. Special Education Caselaw

7. Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome

8. No Child Left Behind

9. Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming

10. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)


Top 10 Cases in 2009

1. Bd. Ed. Hendrick Hudson Sch. Dist. v. Amy Rowley

2. Honig v. Doe

3. Forest Grove School District v. T.A.

4. Fitzgerald v. Barnstable

5. Burlington Sch. Comm. v. Mass. Dept Ed.

6. Henrico v. R.T.

7. Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter

8. Jarron Draper v. Atlanta Independent Public Schools

9. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

10. Irving v. Tatro


Top 10 Blog Posts in 2009

1. Does a Child Need an IEP AND a 504 Plan?

2. How Can I Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems?

3. Should Poor Organizational Skills be Accommodated in an IEP?

4. When Schools Punish Sick Children Who Miss School: A Game Plan

5. IEP FAQs: Can More than one Disability Be Listed in an IEP?

6. Should Your Child’s IEP Include Extended Year Services (ESY)?

7. Is ADHD a learning disability? I’ve been told “no, it’s not.”

8. IEP FAQs: Is There a 10 Day Timeline for IEP Meetings?

9. Getting Help for a Child with a Behavior Disorder

10. Handcuffs? Bruises? Disability Rights Files Suit Against Wake County Schools

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